According to a complaint filed in a San Jose federal court, a group of LinkedIn users are suing the site for "breaking into its users' third party email accounts, downloading email addresses that appear in the account, and then sending out multiple reminder emails ostensibly on behalf ot eh user advertising LinkedIn to non-members."
The lawsuit also claims that this is done without need for a password or the user's consent.
Users say that the professional social-networking site for 'hacking' due to the method for which users email contacts were obtained.
AllThingsD reached out for comment, and received this reply from LinkedIn, "LinkedIn is commited to putting our members first, which includes being trasparent about how we protect and utilize our members' data. We believe that the legal claims in this lawsuit are without merit, and we intend to fight it vigorously."
Following the complaint, a post on LinkedIn's official blog called "Setting the Record Straight on False Accusations" has been uploaded.
Senior Director for Litigation at LinkedIn, Blake Lawit, wrote that the complaint is not true and that the company "do not access your email account without your permissions," "we never deceive you by "pretending to be you" in order to access your email accounts," and "we never send message or invitiations to join LinkedIn on your behalf to anyone unless you have given us permission to do so."
View the full complaint here.